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Returning from a hike one evening, I crossed paths with this Northern Water snake, who just emerged from the banks of the nearby pond. She was shy, gentle and intensely curious. We spent several moments patiently examining each other up-close in mutual fascination. She was equally enthralled by my tripod, slithering between the extended legs several times; though never taking her eyes off me. As the sky continued to darken, we quietly parted ways, each of us returning home for the night.